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Vol. LXIII, No. 13
June 24, 2011

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OppNet To Hold Forum on Survey Biology

NIH’s Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network (OppNet) will present its first OppNet Forum on Survey Biology on Tuesday, June 28 from 2-4 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. OppNet’s Forum series highlights studies with implications across the basic behavioral and social sciences.

The forum will examine the potential for using biopsychosocial surveys to study how social, economic, behavioral and biological factors impact life course trajectories of health, productivity, disability and subjective and economic well-being. After presentations, participants will discuss areas of interest and potential future directions.

Speakers include Dr. Carol Ryff of the University of Wisconsin (principal investigator of the Midlife in the United States study) and Dr. David Weir of the University of Michigan (PI of the Health and Retirement Study).

Registration is not required. Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Angela Farris, (301) 451-3873, or or the Federal TTY Relay (1-800-877-8339).

NCI To Host Immunology, Immunotherapy Conference, Sept. 22-23

The National Cancer Institute’s Center of Excellence in Immunology is sponsoring the annual conference, “Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy: Building on Success,” on Sept. 22-23 in Masur Auditorium and Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10.

The conference will host leaders in the field of cancer immunology and immunotherapy. The program includes recent advances in both translational and clinical research and will provide a forum for discussion on immunologic approaches to prevent and treat cancer. Participants will learn about the latest findings in T cell transfer immunotherapy, immunotherapy based on genetic engineering of lymphocytes, vaccine-based therapies, transplantation-based therapies and immune-modulatory approaches.

Registration is free, but seating is limited. The deadline for abstract submission is Aug. 1. Online registration and instructions for abstract submission can be found at

FAES Announces Fall 2011 Courses

The FAES Graduate School at NIH announces the schedule of courses for the fall 2011 semester. The majority of the evening classes sponsored by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences will be given on the NIH campus.

Courses are offered in biochemistry, bioinformatics, biology, biotechnology (daytime courses), chemistry, immunology, languages, medicine, microbiology, pharmacology, statistics, technology transfer, alternative medicine, MCAT, GRE and courses of general interest. Certificates in technology transfer and public health program are also being offered with transfer of credits to a number of different master’s degree programs at UMUC (tech transfer certificate program only).

It is possible to transfer credits earned to other institutions for degree work, with their approval.

Classes will begin the week of Sept. 12. Online registration is from July 1-Aug. 23 and mail registration ends Aug. 19. Walk-in registration will be held Aug. 29-Sept. 7 and at an open house at the FAES Social and Academic Center on Aug. 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuition is $145 per credit hour and courses may be taken for credit or audit. Courses that qualify for institute support as training should be cleared with supervisors and administrative officers as soon as possible. Both the vendor’s copy of the training form (SF-182) and the FAES registration form must be submitted at the time of registration.

Note that FAES cannot access training forms entered in the NIHTS system; a signed hard copy (vendor’s copy of SF-182) is needed in order to process registrations for classes. Asking your institute to pay your tuition is a preliminary step to registration but does not constitute registration with the FAES Graduate School.

Catalog supplements are available in the graduate school office in Bldg. 60, Suite 230; the Foundation Bookstore in Bldg. 10, Rm. B1L101 (where class textbooks are also available); and the business office in Bldg. 10, Rm. B1C18. To have a catalog sent, call (301) 496-7976 or visit

Lecture on Bullying-Free Workplace, June 24

The women’s health special interest group lecture series will present “Understanding a Silent Nightmare for a Bullying-Free Workplace,” on Friday, June 24 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Bldg. 45, balcony A. Speakers will be Dr. Paula Grubb, research psychologist, CDC, and Dr. Loraleigh Keasley, associate professor, department of communications, Wayne State University. Individuals who need sign language interpreters to participate should contact Socorro Vigil Scott at

(standing, from l) Elizabeth Sweet, Bekah Geiger, Dr. David Henderson, Peter Cramer, Debby Haynes, Gregory Holcombe and Lynn Mueller. Seated are (from l) Dr. John Gallin, Mengfei Huang, Pat Piringer and Elaine Gallin.

Volunteers Plant Flowers to Please Patients

A group of volunteers recently planted 22 flats of impatiens flowers and several perennial daylilies in the CRC Healing Garden courtyards. Patient rooms look out over the courtyards and the addition of these annual and perennial flowers will add a touch of vibrant color to these shade gardens. On hand for the planting were (standing, from l) Elizabeth Sweet, Bekah Geiger, Dr. David Henderson, Peter Cramer, Debby Haynes, Gregory Holcombe and Lynn Mueller. Seated are (from l) Dr. John Gallin, Mengfei Huang, Pat Piringer and Elaine Gallin.

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